Posted by: Anja | May 19, 2010

Have you ever eaten lime muffins?

I had not. Not before I made these. These were created a couple of days after our apartment induction, for which my roommates bought approximately 30 limes, expecting a massive demand for caipirinhas and cuba libres. Well, the attack was not as strong as planned, therefore we had approximately 20 limes left-over the next day. So what do you do with 20 limes? Either drink a lot over the following week or at least use them partly to make muffins. That was my reasoning, so I got down to work out a lime muffin recipe, as I didn’t know any.

This recipe is strongly based on my raspberry-lemon muffins, as I felt that they had a really nice consistency and balance of buttermilk and lemons. Well, for that recipe, you use maybe one lemon. To gain the lime zest necessary for this one, I used actually six limes. Fortunately for the skinless limes that resulted from raiding their zest, they were soon used to freshen up ice tea. Skinned limes look just sad.

Lime Muffins

220g sugar
zest of 6 limes
250g flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
120g butter
2 medium eggs
200ml buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

First step: Melt the butter on low heat in a small pot. In a bowl combine the sugar and the lemon zest. Preheat your oven to 190°C.

Second step: Add the butter to the sugar and whisk to combine. Add the eggs one after the other. Add the vanilla extract. In another bowl combine the flour and baking powder.

Third step: Alternate in adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the sugar and butter mixture. Whisk the whole time.

Fourth step: Prepare the muffin form by either brushing the forms with butter or preparing paper forms. Fill in the dough, it should be enough for 12 muffins. Put into the oven for 30-35 minutes, they should be slightly browned on top. Take them off the oven and let them cool down. Enjoy!

The taste is nice, you notice the buttermilk and the lime doesn’t come on too strong. I think these are really good muffins for example to go with the afternoon tea. It’s not a standard muffin, but something a bit out of the box, so you can spruce up a lame tea meeting with them. ;)

PS: Yes 12 muffins! I already ate 3 before deciding to make pictures.

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Responses

  1. We bought 18 limes, but needed only 2 or 3 ;)
    Enjoyed these muffins very much! Limes really taste very different to citrons, even when baked.


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